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Travel Tales: The Aussies Know How to Write

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Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country. One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out fabulous authors and amazing work.

Dear Australia,

There’s something so alluring about all of the books I’ve read from your amazing Aussie writers (including Melina Marchetta, Laura Buzo, and Markus Zusak). There’s tenderness that deeply touches my heart. I 150% appreciate the incredibly well-rounded group of characters that always seem to emulate friendships I wish I had in real life. The writing is raw and fearless — leaping over all boundaries to effectively tell the story. While I should keep this post short and sweet on behalf of our dear readers time, you, Australia, have produced too many good books to allow for brevity.

One of my favorite citizens of your great country is this lady:

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My favorite, favorite of Melina’s books is The Piper’s SonMy gosh – my heart just about broke while reading it, but I COULD NOT put it down. Tom had lots (LOTS) of issues and things going on, but seeing him deal with them was an incredible journey. I wanted to know his family and walk the streets with him. I wanted to listen to him croon his sweet tunes.

I must admit, the book that swept my Texas heart away to Australia was Jellicoe Road. It took a bit to adjust to all the characters and seeing how the stories interwove, but when I understood how everything pieced together — WOW. After reading this, I went on a frenzy and checked out everything available of Melina’s from my local library. (Aren’t you excited, Australia? My Austin, TX library loves you.)

 Saving Francesca is to be noted because a) not only is it also fab, but b) it was written before The Piper’s Son, which is a companion book. We meet Thomas in Saving Francesca, then really get to know him in The Piper’s Son.

There’s just not enough time in the day for me to keep up with all of your fabulousness, dear Aussies. You see, I’m a bit behind on Melina’s work. These are two that I own and have heard rave reviews about from Sasha. I swear I’ll get to them soon. Finnikin on the Rock and Froi of the Exiles are part of her Lumatere Chronicles series. YAY for a fantasy series!

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A new-to-me author is Laura Buzo. It’s not even fair that you have produced so many amazing authors, Australia. You should really let the rest of us catch up.

OH MY GOODNESS am I so excited to have read Love & Other Perishable Items. I love, love, loved this book. It’s about a young 15 year old girl falling in love with a 21 year old guy. He’s older, obviously. She thinks he hung the moon. Buzo’s writing is intelligent, relatable, and all-consuming. My review is coming soon, but DANG did I feel nervous to write it — how could my review measure up to this incredible book?!

Not only are your books fantastic, but you’ve got some pretty amazing people living within your boundaries. My Aussie book friend Mandee at VeganYANerds gifted me Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo. Mandee raved about Holier Than Thou in her review — ahhh was I so excited when this arrived in the mail. *happy dance* This one sounds like it is one of the new adult books bridging the gap between young adult and adult fiction. I’m thrilled to have more to read from Buzo — so anxious to start  reading this one:

I warned you, Australia, that this was going to be a love fest. You’ve given me so many books to swoon over. In fact, you’re simply breaking my bank. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I hear about books that are releasing there. Can we strike a deal? How about you release more of your amazing work in the United States? That would make this girl’s heart oh-so-happy.

I haven’t read anything by the following authors yet. That’s all going to change soon since Mandee gifted me with I’ll Tell You Mine and I decided it was a-okay to purchase Raw Blue and Graffiti Moon for my birthday-gift-to-self. I’m linking up a few reviews of each of these books below so you can read about their awesomeness.

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Reviews for I’ll Tell You Mine:

  • Mandee says, “Pip has created some interesting and genuine characters that any lover of realistic YA fiction will want to get to know.”
  • Cuddlebuggery says, “If you’re a fan of Aussie nov­els, Melina Mar­che­tta, heart-warming tales or good times, then I highly sug­gest you give this one a go.”

Reviews for Raw Blue:

  • April says, “Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar is very much a quiet, character driven novel…”
  • Ginger says, “It’s the raw, vulnerable words that have stirred something inside me.”
  • Jen says, “There’s really not many words that can express the beauty of this story.”

Reviews for Graffiti Moon:

  • Anna says, “For a gorgeous, romantic book that will make your heart soar, check it out.”
  • Sasha says, “All of the scenes – from the party to the school – felt so right.”
  • Alexa says, “This novel was brilliant, funny and heart-warming.”

Dearest Australia — I thank you on behalf of all readers that love and appreciate the incredible work of your authors. I hope a few more people will be convinced to hunt down some of these books (check your local libraries, folks – they may surprise you!). Every reader needs to have read a good Aussie book!

Most sincerely,
Magan

Don’t forget to swing by Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds for more Travel Tales posts! Also — Alexa is doing a giveaway! Go enter…

August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

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August 25, 2012 - 6:33 am

Lori - It must be something in the water! I haven’t read one book by an Aussie writer that I didn’t LOVE. Everything Melina Marchetta touches is brilliant. I still need to read Raw Blue and I have Love and Other Perishable Things waiting on me. I can’t wait to read them.

August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kristen - It seems the market is being flooded with books written by Australians. I’m definitely excited about that because I’ve heard nothing but praise for all of them! I’m SO excited to read Melina Marchetta. Haven’t read anything by her yet, but it’s very high on my list. The Laura Buzo books sound really good too. 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHEM – *talks in a wannabe Aussie accent*

ALL THINGS AUSSIE!!!

*dances* *eats Vegemite* *bounces like a kangaroo*

August 23, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - Oh my, I LOVE this post! It looks so nice and like everyone else, I’m in total agreement for the love of Aussie authors! Melina Marchetta <3 <3 <3 Another Aussie author I quite like is Shirley Marr, she's so sweet and has a wonderful personality.

August 23, 2012 - 5:14 pm

VeganYANerds - I seriously love how much international readers love Aussie books! I feel very lucky to live here and have access to them and I am always more than happy to send them overseas because I know how much they will be appreciated by readers like you, Magan! I hope you enjoy HTT and ISYM as well as Raw Blue & Graff Moon :

August 23, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post SO MUCH. So far, I’ve only read Graffiti Moon and Jellicoe Road – but you can be sure I’m looking forward to reading many, many more books by Aussie authors!

August 23, 2012 - 10:40 am

Anna - I just did a post on Aussie writers too — there are SO MANY good ones it’s gotta be a conspiracy! I adore all the ones I’ve read above that you listed…and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest!

August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - What an awesome post! I love that you’re featuring authors from various countries. There are seriously amazing authors in our smallish book world that deserve far more recognition than they get. Fabulous post!

August 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

April Books & Wine - I really need more Aussie books and more reads by Melina Marchetta in my life!

I love this post and these recommendations 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This was the best blog post to see first thing in the morning b/c I too, have a serious love affair with Aussie writers. They are just.. just so dang GOOD. I swear there is something in the water over there. I love that you love The Piper’s Son as much as me. That book is seriously among my top 5 OF ALL TIME. I really need to sit down and read Jellicoe Road. Laura Buzo: YES PLEASE! I adored Love & Other Perishable Items. I can’t wait to post my review for it!

I just ordered Raw Blue & am SO EXCITED for a re-read of that one. Oh man, I can NOT wait for you to read it. I’m putting that one in my top 5, too.

LOVE this post Magan, SO MUCH.

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